Upcoming Reading in Hartford

I’m humbled to be reading with an amazing lineup—Hanif Abdurraqib, Chad B. Springer, and Abi Rodriguez—at Syllable, on Sunday, Jan. 7. Join me for what should be a great night of words. Doors open at 6:30pm, and details can be found here.


Reading in Hartford on March 5

On Sunday, March 5, I’ll be reading with Brian Clements at The Charter Oak Readings, a new series put together by poet Jim Finnegan. It should be a great afternoon of literature. Here’s a link with more details.


2016 Roundup

Well, 2016 was a pretty crummy year, overall, but I did write a bunch of stuff that people were kind enough to publish, so I am grateful.

Here’s a quick rundown of the past year.

Stories: 4 stories were published this year, all in bucket list journals. I had a piece in StorychordCoriumand two in Hobart

Book Reviews: Lots and lots of anonymous reviews once again at Publishers Weekly (I’ll never tell!), as well as stuff in The Georgia Review, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Kenyon Review, Cleaver Magazine, The Northwest Review of Books, Electric Literature, and, of course, Numéro Cinq.

Essays: Two essays this year: one at 5×5 and the other, a more academic piece on Paul Auster, walls, and Donald Trump, at Vol. 1 Brooklyn

Already have one story lined up for 2017 publication, so hopefully that sets the pace for a more productive year.

Until then…


The ever-evolving Intro to Lit reading list

Here’s what we’re reading this semester. A bunch of new titles because, frankly, I was getting bored:

  • Joyce Carol Oates, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”
  • Matthew Dickman, “Slow Dance”
  • Ernest Hemingway, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place”
  • Mahtem Shiferraw, “The Monster”
  • Emily Dickinson, “Because I could not stop for death”
  • William Blake, “The Sick Rose”
  • ZZ Packer, “Brownies”
  • Anton Chekhov, “Oysters”
  • Wordsworth, “My Heart Leaps Up”
  • Edward P. Jones, “The Night Rhonda Ferguson Was Killed”
  • Elizabeth Alexander, “Tina Green”
  • Mary Ruefle, “The Hand”
  • Katherine Anne Porter, “Theft”
  • William Faulkner, “That Evening Sun Go Down”
  • Dorothy Parker, “A Certain Lady”
  • Edgar Allan Poe, “The Tell-Tale Heart”
  • Lydia Davis, “For Sixty Cents”
  • Franz Kafka, “A Hunger Artist”
  • Flannery O’Connor, “Greenleaf”
  • Haruki Murakami, “The Second Bakery Attack”
  • Aimee Bender, “The Rememberer”
  • Alice Munro, “Meneseteung”
  • Carlos Fuentes, “Chac-Mool”
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”
  • Marie Howe, “What the Living Do”
  • Lacy M. Johnson, “White Trash Primer”
  • Alexander Chee, “Girl”
  • David Foster Wallace, “A Ticket to the Fair”
  • Herman Melville, “Bartleby”
  • James Baldwin, “Sonny’s Blues”
  • Barbara Ras, “You Can’t Have It All”
  • Julio Cortázar, “Continuity of Parks”
  • Grace Paley, “A Conversation with My Father”
  • Jorge Luis Borges, “Borges & I”
  • Annie Proulx, “The Half-Skinned Steer”
  • Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, “The Fortune-Teller”
  • Maggie Smith, “Good Bones”
  • Donald Hall, “White Apples”
  • William Carlos Williams, “The Red Wheelbarrow”
  • Jamaal May, “The Gun Joke”
  • Cynthia Ozick, “A Drugstore in Winter”
  • Shakespeare, “Macbeth”
  • Zadie Smith, “Joy”
  • Tomas Q. Morín, “Love Train”
  • Michael Oppenheimer, “The Pairing Knife”
  • John Cheever, “The Country Husband”
  • James Joyce, “Araby”
  • Yazmina Reza, “God of Carnage”
  • Lorrie Moore, “You’re Ugly, Too”
  • Ron Carlson, “Bigfoot Stole My Wife”
  • George Saunders, “My Flamboyant Grandson”
  • Wallace Stevens, “13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”
  • Amber Sparks, “13 Ways of Destroying a Painting”
  • Kij Johnson, “26 Monkeys, also the abyss”
  • Joy Castro, “Grip”
  • Anton Chekhov, “Lady with the Dog”

Plus mystery stories for midterm and final.